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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333664/increased-non-fatal-overdose-risk-associated-with-involuntary-drug-treatment-in-a-longitudinal-study-with-people-who-inject-drugs
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Claudia Rafful, Ricardo Orozco, Gudelia Rangel, Peter Davidson, Dan Werb, Leo Beletsky, Steffanie A Strathdee
AIM: To assess the effect of involuntary drug treatment (IDT) on non-fatal overdose among people who inject drugs (PWID). DESIGN: Longitudinal study. SETTING: Tijuana, Mexico. PARTICIPANTS: Baseline sample of 671 PWID included 258 (38.4%) women and 413 (61.6%) men. MEASUREMENTS: Primary independent variables were reported recent (i.e., past 6 months) non-fatal overdose event (dependent variable) and IDT...
January 14, 2018: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331651/activation-of-p62-keap1-nrf2-antioxidant-pathway-in-the-early-stage-of-acetaminophen-induced-acute-liver-injury-in-mice
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Zhenyu Shen, Yu Wang, Zhenhui Su, Ruirui Kou, Keqin Xie, Fuyong Song
Acetaminophen (APAP) overdose can cause severe liver failure even death. Nearly half of drug-induced liver injury is attributed to APAP in the US and many European countries. Oxidative stress has been validated as a critical event involved in APAP-induced liver failure. p62/SQSTM1, a selective autophagy adaptor protein, is reported to regulate Nrf2-ARE antioxidant pathway in response to oxidative stress. However, the exact role of p62-keap1-Nrf2 antioxidant pathway in APAP-induced hepatotoxicity remains unknown...
January 10, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325708/promising-roles-for-pharmacists-in-addressing-the-u-s-opioid-crisis
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Wilson M Compton, Christopher M Jones, Jack B Stein, Eric M Wargo
Overdoses of prescription or illicit opioids claimed the lives of 116 Americans each day in 2016, and the crisis continues to escalate. As healthcare systems evolve to address the crisis, the potential of pharmacists to make a positive difference is significant. In addition to utilizing available prescription drug monitoring programs to help prevent diversion of opioids, practicing pharmacists can be alert for signs of opioid misuse by patients (e.g., multiple prescriptions from different physicians) as well as inappropriate prescribing or hazardous drug combinations that physicians may not be aware of (e...
December 31, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322813/opioid-drug-poisonings-in-ohio-adolescents-and-young-adults-2002-2014
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Sarah Caupp, Janine Steffan, Junxin Shi, Krista K Wheeler, Henry A Spiller, Marcel J Casavant, Henry Xiang
CONTEXT: Opioids represent a drug class that adolescents and young adults intentionally misuse and abuse. When taken on their own or with other substances in this manner, opioids pose an increased risk of overdose and potential death. OBJECTIVE: To determine trends of opioid drug poisonings among adolescents and young adults in Ohio from 2002 to 2014 using Poison Control Center (PCC) data. METHODS: Data were obtained from Ohio PCCs from 2002 to 2014 for opioid drug poisonings amongst 10-29 year olds...
January 11, 2018: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319475/drug-overdose-deaths-in-the-united-states-1999-2016
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Holly Hedegaard, Margaret Warner, Arialdi M Miniño
Data from the National Vital Statistics System, Mortality: -In 2016, there were more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in the United States. -The age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths in 2016 (19.8 per 100,000) was 21% higher than the rate in 2015 (16.3). -Among persons aged 15 and over, adults aged 25-34, 35-44, and 45-54 had the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in 2016 at around 35 per 100,000. -West Virginia (52.0 per 100,000), Ohio (39.1), New Hampshire (39.0), the District of Columbia (38.8), and Pennsylvania (37...
December 2017: NCHS Data Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310975/influence-of-birth-origin-and-risk-factor-profile-on-hepatitis-b-mortality-philadelphia-pa-2003-2013
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Dana C Higgins, Danica E Kuncio, Caroline C Johnson, Kendra M Viner
PURPOSE: Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) affects specific subpopulations in the United States, including individuals born in HBV-endemic countries and persons engaging in high-risk behaviors. METHODS: The 2003-2013 HBV registry data and surveillance investigations for Philadelphia, PA were matched to death certificate data to examine demographic, risk factor, and cause of death characteristics among HBV-infected populations. Bivariate analysis compared investigated foreign-born (FB) and US-born chronic HBV individuals...
December 22, 2017: Annals of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310928/sofosbuvir-and-velpatasvir-for-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-people-with-recent-injection-drug-use-simplify-an-open-label-single-arm-phase-4-multicentre-trial
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Jason Grebely, Olav Dalgard, Brian Conway, Evan B Cunningham, Philip Bruggmann, Behzad Hajarizadeh, Janaki Amin, Julie Bruneau, Margaret Hellard, Alain H Litwin, Philippa Marks, Sophie Quiene, Sharmila Siriragavan, Tanya L Applegate, Tracy Swan, Jude Byrne, Melanie Lacalamita, Adrian Dunlop, Gail V Matthews, Jeff Powis, David Shaw, Maria Christine Thurnheer, Martin Weltman, Ian Kronborg, Curtis Cooper, Jordan J Feld, Chris Fraser, John F Dillon, Phillip Read, Ed Gane, Gregory J Dore
BACKGROUND: Despite revised guidelines that no longer exclude people who inject drugs (PWID) from treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, many clinicians are reluctant to treat recent PWID. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of sofosbuvir and velpatasvir therapy in people with chronic HCV infection and recent injection drug use. METHODS: In this open-label, single-arm phase 4 trial (SIMPLIFY), we recruited participants with recent injection drug use (past 6 months) and chronic HCV genotype 1-6 infection from seven countries (19 sites)...
January 5, 2018: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305727/using-population-based-hospitalization-data-to-monitor-increases-in-conditions-causing-morbidity-among-persons-who-inject-drugs
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Melissa G Collier, Mona Doshani, Alice Asher
Epidemics of opioid use and injection drug use (IDU) are associated with an increase in HIV and viral hepatitis infections and overdose deaths in the United States. Persons who inject drugs (PWID) are also at risk for serious infections caused by skin organisms introduced via IDU. We examined National Inpatient Sample hospital discharge data to determine trends in three serious infectious disease-associated conditions that primarily affect PWID in addition to HIV and viral hepatitis: infective endocarditis (IE), central nervous system (CNS) abscesses, and osteomyelitis...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298279/severe-chronic-lithium-intoxication-in-patient-treated-for-bipolar-disorder
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Ivana Stetkarova, Vaclav Bocek, Alsu Gismatullina, Zuzana Svobodova, Tomas Peisker
OBJECTIVE: Lithium has been long used in psychiatry as an adjuvant treatment for bipolar disorder. Chronic lithium intoxication is very rare. DESIGN: We present the case of a 72-year-old female, treated with lithium for more than 10 years for bipolar disorder, who was admitted for gait impairment with weakness of limbs, myoclonus, speech impairment and memory disturbances. RESULTS: Diagnosis of lithium intoxication was based on clinical picture and determination of serum lithium levels...
December 4, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295971/special-k-with-no-license-to-kill-accidental-ketamine-overdose-on-induction-of-general-anesthesia
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Lindsay L Warner, Nathan Smischney
BACKGROUND Ketamine is used as an induction and sedation agent in emergency departments and operating rooms throughout the country. Despite its widespread clinical use, there are few cases of significant morbidity and mortality attributed to ketamine overdose in the clinical setting. CASE REPORT The anesthesia provider in the room was an oral maxillofacial surgeon who inadvertently took out a more highly concentrated bottle of ketamine that is typically used for pediatric patients. The patient received 950 mg (100 mg/ml concentration) of intravenous ketamine instead of the intended 95 mg (10 mg/ml concentration)...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29291538/tension-pneumoperitoneum-after-bystander-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-case-report
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Sherry Johnson, Jessica McCracken, Fadi Baidoun
INTRODUCTION: Abdominal visceral injuries after cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are infrequent though can be significant complications of CPR requiring invasive interventions. We present a case of a gastric perforation as a result of bystander CPR. This resulted in tension pneumoperitoneum necessitating abdominal decompression prior to laparotomy and repair. PRESENTATION OF CASE: 37-year-old female complained of abdominal pain and distension after return of spontaneous circulation from successful CPR following a drug overdose and cardiopulmonary arrest...
December 12, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290509/ambient-mass-spectrometry-for-rapid-diagnosis-of-psychoactive-drugs-overdose-in-an-unstable-patient
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Chi-Wei Lee, Yu-Ying Chao, Jentaie Shiea, Jheng-Heng Shen, Hei-Hwa Lee, Bai-Hsiun Chen
A 25-year-old man suffered from consciousness change was sent to our emergency department by friends who reported that they were not sure what had happened to him. Physical examination revealed bilateral pupils dilatation, lethargy, slurred speech, and ataxia. Computer-aided tomographic scan of the brain revealed no definite evidence of intracranial lesions. Routine laboratory tests revealed total physiological turmoil. Despite immediate commencement of aggressive treatment, the patient's condition deteriorated long before the traditional drug screen provided an answer for the identities of the multiple drugs overdose...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289268/rhabdomyolysis-associated-acute-kidney-injury-with-normal-creatine-phosphokinase
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Faisal Kamal, Lindsay Snook, Jagannath H Saikumar
Rhabdomyolysis is a syndrome characterized by the breakdown of skeletal muscle and leakage of intracellular myocyte contents, such as creatine phosphokinase (CPK) and myoglobin, into the interstitial space and plasma resulting in acute kidney injury (AKI). Elevated CPK of at least 5 times the upper limit of normal is an important diagnostic marker of Rhabdomyolysis. We present a case of rhabdomyolysis with severe AKI with a normal CPK at presentation. A 32-year-old man presented with acute respiratory failure and AKI after an overdose of recreational drugs...
January 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284225/correlation-between-the-single-high-dose-of-ingested-baclofen-and-clinical-symptoms
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Jacek Sein Anand, Maciej Zając, Wojciech Waldman, Andrzej Wojtyła, Przemysław Biliński, Barbara Jaworska-Łuczak
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Baclofen is a drug used mainly to treat muscle spasticity. Its overdose can lead to life-threatening clinical symptoms, including acute respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of selected clinical symptoms associated with baclofen poisoning comparing to an ingested dose. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 60 cases of oral baclofen poisoning were analyzed. Gender, age distribution, and correlation between the dose of ingested baclofen were studied, as well as and following clinical parameters: degree of altered consciousness, heart rate, blood pressure, presence of acute respiratory failure, duration of mechanical ventilation, and presence of psychotic symptoms...
December 23, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282239/prescribing-opioid-replacement-therapy-in-u-s-correctional-settings
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Pantea Farahmand, Vania Modesto-Lowe, Margaret M Chaplin
Opioid addiction is a chronic, relapsing disorder associated with criminality, unemployment, infectious diseases, and legal problems. Such addictions are typically over-represented in correctional populations. Inmates with untreated opioid addiction often relapse shortly after release into the community, thereby increasing the risk of overdose, serious illnesses (HIV, hepatitis C) and psychosocial problems (e.g., crimes, recidivism, and reincarceration). There are three U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder: methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone...
December 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278831/using-drugs-in-un-safe-spaces-impact-of-perceived-illegality-on-an-underground-supervised-injecting-facility-in-the-united-states
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Peter J Davidson, Andrea M Lopez, Alex H Kral
BACKGROUND: Supervised injection facilities (SIFs) are spaces where people can consume pre-obtained drugs in hygienic circumstances with trained staff in attendance to provide emergency response in the event of an overdose or other medical emergency, and to provide counselling and referral to other social and health services. Over 100 facilities with formal legal sanction exist in ten countries, and extensive research has shown they reduce overdose deaths, increase drug treatment uptake, and reduce social nuisance...
December 23, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273031/knowledge-and-possession-of-take-home-naloxone-kits-among-street-involved-youth-in-a-canadian-setting-a-cohort-study
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Julia Goldman-Hasbun, Kora DeBeck, Jane A Buxton, Ekaterina Nosova, Evan Wood, Thomas Kerr
BACKGROUND: The distribution of take-home naloxone (THN) kits has been an important strategy in reducing overdose fatalities among people who use drugs. However, little is known about the use of THN among youth who are street-involved. The present study explores knowledge and possession of THN among street-involved youth in a Canadian setting. METHODS: Data were derived from the At-Risk Youth Study (ARYS), a prospective cohort of street-involved youth age 14-28 at enrollment in Vancouver, Canada...
December 22, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259769/detection-of-illicit-online-sales-of-fentanyls-via-twitter
#18
Tim K Mackey, Janani Kalyanam
A counterfeit fentanyl crisis is currently underway in the United States.  Counterfeit versions of commonly abused prescription drugs laced with fentanyl are being manufactured, distributed, and sold globally, leading to an increase in overdose and death in countries like the United States and Canada.  Despite concerns from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency regarding covert and overt sale of fentanyls online, no study has examined the role of the Internet and social media on fentanyl illegal marketing and direct-to-consumer access...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29251649/zolpidem-overdose-a-dilemma-in-mental-health
#19
Minsoo Jung
Sleeping pills are one of the most common drugs taken by adults when afflicted by insomnia. Adverse effects of pharmacotherapy, however, should not be overlooked, and monitoring is needed to check for an overdose of sleeping pills. We reviewed zolpidem overdose and patient suicide with benefits and disadvantages of pharmacotherapy. Cases of adverse effects concerning the central nervous system, including delirium and hallucination, as well as abnormal behavior during sleep, are commonly reported among patients who have taken zolpidem for more than 1 year...
December 15, 2017: Health Care Manager
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248915/using-controlled-substance-receipt-patterns-to-predict-prescription-overdose-death
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Christina T Holt, Kenneth L McCall, Gary Cattabriga, Chunhao Tu, Elenna K Smalley, Stephanie D Nichols
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates complete state data from controlled substance prescribing trends in the prescription monitoring program (PMP) database and their association with the risk of prescription drug overdose death. SUMMARY: Maine PMP records of individuals who died of prescription overdose deaths between 2006 and 2010 were selected (n = 690). For each subject, an age, gender, and residence matched cohort of PMP users in a 50: 1 ratio was identified (n = 34,500)...
December 14, 2017: Pharmacology
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